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RRW Weekly Roundup for week ending July 18, 2015

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 19, 2015

From the editor (from Ann):  it occurs to me that new readers coming to RRW may not know that Refugee Resettlement Watch is a blog and not an organization with staff!  I say this because I get so many requests from people to speak around the country, to speak on radio shows and conference calls, to read reports, news articles and documents, to help people find other activists, etc. as if I had staff here to help me stay organized.  I don’t!  

I don’t mean to sound ungrateful for the interest, but it is just me here!  I know I should be glad the issue is finally becoming a serious national issue, but I can’t answer everyone’s requests and still get the news out!

And, I especially don’t want to look rude by not responding to my hundreds of e-mails every day! 

I think we will have some reinforcements on the way soon, and I will definitely be the first to tell you when they have arrived.  In the meantime, please don’t take it personally if I miss your requests! 

By the way, the radio interview requests are probably the most productive and least time-consuming, and I try to do those as much as possible!  It is a way to reach many many people without having to get on a plane!

Sincerest thanks for your continued concern for this critical issue at this pivotal point in US history (world history!).

 

Here then are the Top Three Posts of the week (daily Top Posts are in the right hand side bar):

1) “Pockets of Resistance” growing and spreading

2) Trump speaks out on Syrian refugees: we aren’t saving Christians, just the Muslims

3) Comment from refugee insider: it is all about the money as US refugee program imports Muslims

 

I’m happy to report that my first Youtube video is now above 742,000 views as we try to reach the 1 million mark!  The second one may be even more important to send around because if we get 65,000 Syrian mostly Muslim refugees before Obama leaves office it will be disastrous for hundreds of US towns and cities.

 

The Top Ten Countries from which readers arrived this week are here in descending order (excluding the US):

Canada

UK

Australia

Germany

South Africa

France

EU

New Zealand

India

Turkey  (this may be the first time Turkey is in the top ten)

 

For New Readers

For those of you who subscribe, I try not to write too many posts a day (sometimes I don’t have the time to write many!), so as not to overload your e-mail inbox (e-mails are automatically generated by wordpress).  However, with everything happening now, I might be at least trying to get more news out.  If it is too much, then simply unsubscribe and visit here every day to see what is new.  Or, better still, follow me on twitter where I am tweeting all of my RRW posts as well as other articles that interest me and are related to the topic.

Go here to last week’s roundup for more information and background about RRW and how to find information among our over 6,500 posts.

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How did Chattanooga shooter’s family get here?

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 19, 2015

I haven’t seen anyone find the definitive answer yet. Have you?

Andy McCarthy, here, further elaborates on their ‘Palestinian’ origins, and tells us the family came when Mohammod Youssuf Abdulazeez was an infant.  He was born in 1990.

We take very few ‘Palestinian’ refugees (I’ve remarked many times that the Palestinian problem is never solved by the UN because they need to continue the thorn in Israel’s side, but that is a story for another day).

I hate to speculate, but will anyway.  There is a chance that this family was very likely among those being expelled from Kuwait (to Jordan) at the time of the first Gulf War.  The father is reportedly a Palestinian who could very well have been a successful asylum seeker just as had been the father of the Tsarnaev Boston Bomber family.  In the Tsarnaev case the father got into the US on his own and then asked for asylum.  Once granted political refugee status he then brought the rest of the family over.

By the way, we wouldn’t be speculating if the US State Department and its resettlement agencies in Tennessee would talk!

ORR Annual reports to Congress hold much information

I went back to the Office of Refugee Resettlement Annual Reports to Congress to see what we were doing in the early 1990’s in Jordan and Kuwait.  For those of you doing research, these are a treasure-trove of information.

In the first half of the 1990’s we took no refugees from either Kuwait or Jordan, however, much to my surprise the reports in the early 1990’s included the nationalities of successful asylum seekers.  Unfortunately by the 1995 report this feature was dropped from subsequent reports.

However…

Go here to the Annual Report for 1994 and see Table 14 on Page A-24.

From 1990-1994 we accepted 85 asylum seekers from Kuwait and 66 from Jordan.  Could this be how the Abdulazeez family gained legal immigrant status in the US?

Again, we don’t know yet, or at least I haven’t seen reports yet on how exactly this family gained access to a legal life in Tennessee, but, this gave me an opportunity to mention the Annual Reports to all of you concerned activist citizens who are researching what has been done to your states.

Completely changing the subject….I was interested to see (in that same 1994 report) a table on the distribution of ‘unaccompanied minors’ that year.  We distributed 8,416 of those ‘unaccompanied minors’ to your towns as early as 1994.

Posted in Asylum seekers, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Stealth Jihad, Where to find information | Tagged: , , | 14 Comments »

Senator Rand Paul: We are going to look into legal immigration from “hotbeds of jihadism”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 18, 2015

A few years ago I was thrilled that Senator Rand Paul publicly challenged the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program. He even said for publication:  Why are we bringing Iraqi refugees here and putting them on welfare!

2016 Presidential candidate Rand Paul: I don’t think we are being careful about who we let in.

This happened as it became known that two Iraqi refugees had been arrested and ultimately convicted of terrorist activity in Kentucky.  However, he drifted away from the issue as his Presidential aspirations became clear.

Now, it looks like he is thankfully taking up the cause again as Breitbart reported here yesterday (via Creeping Sharia and hat tip: Paula):

HOUSTON, Texas — Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a 2016 GOP presidential candidate, told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview here that he wants to restrict immigration from predominantly Muslim countries after the Chattanooga, Tennessee, terrorist attack.

Paul said in an interview backstage at a rally his presidential campaign is holding inside the Hyatt Regency here in downtown Houston:

I’m very concerned about immigration to this country from countries that have hotbeds of jihadism and hotbeds of this Islamism. There was a program in place that Bush had put in place—it stood for entry-exit program from about 25 different countries with a lot of Islamic radicals, frankly. I think there does need to be heightened scrutiny. Nobody has a right to come to America, so this isn’t something that we can say ‘oh their rights are being violated.’ It’s a privilege to come to America and we need to thoroughly screen those who are coming.

The alleged shooter in the Chattanooga incident—which claimed the lives of four U.S. marines, whom he allegedly murdered in the terror attack—was named Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez. The 24-year-old was born in Kuwait and immigrated to the United States before he opened fire in Chattanooga, killing four Marines.

Paul also told Breitbart News about another similar incident regarding foreigners from the Middle East who were placed in Kentucky via immigration programs for refugees—and tried to, before getting caught, buy military grade missiles.

Go to Breitbart for the rest of the story…..

See all of our coverage (both positive and negative) of Senator Rand Paul on refugees by clicking here.

Posted in 2016 Presidential campaign, Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Iraqi refugees, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: , , , | 5 Comments »

Tucker Carlson on Chattanooga: We need to review Muslim immigration to America

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 18, 2015

It took the death of Kate Steinle at the hands of an illegal alien a few weeks ago to direct our attention to the shameful border situation, and now it seems the death of five of our finest just might get a discussion started about our LEGAL immigration policies that allow 100,000 or more Muslims to enter the US each year.

Also, see our earlier post this morning where Senator Jeff Sessions seems to be suggesting the same thing.

Here is Carlson yesterday on Fox (hat tip: Richard at Blue Ridge Forum).  Click here to watch the video.

Tucker Carlson, host of “Fox & Friends Weekend,” suggested Friday that the U.S. should look at who it allows into the country in light of the murders of four Marines at a military facility by a Kuwaiti-born Islamic radical in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Carlson asked, “Is there a connection between a massive increase in Islamic immigration to the U.S. and a massive increase of acts in Islamic terror on our soil?”

Carlson said that should a correlation occur, a review of the current immigration policy and a political discourse are in order, “Maybe we do it in a non-heated way, a way that does not demonize anybody but in a way that acts in America’s interests.”

Carlson said political correctness was the reason that critics use to discourage discussion that could offend a group of people: “You will not hear that conversation and it’s really a shame.”

Let’s talk about a moratorium!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program | Tagged: | 3 Comments »

Senator Jeff Sessions: Time to re-think our LEGAL immigration system

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 18, 2015

Yes!  It is way past time!

Senator Jeff Sessions (R) Alabama

Any of you reading this and still saying to anyone who will listen that “illegal immigration is bad, but legal is good,” please stop saying it because it shows you don’t know what you are talking about!

Our LEGAL immigration policies and programs are a disaster and this week’s Chattanooga slaughter should be a wake-up call to every sane citizen.

Thank God, Senator Jeff Sessions is now saying what we have been saying for years!

His piece entitled, Homegrown Terrorism ‘Made Possible by Unwise Immigration Policy’, is posted here at the Weekly Standard.   After listing myriad cases of terrorism perpetrated by LEGAL refugees and immigrants he wraps up with this:

It is time to affirm some fundamental but forgotten principles that will enhance not only our security but also our social and economic well-being:

· We are under no obligation to admit anyone to the United States.

· The selection of new immigrants to the United States should be based on what’s in the best interests of the people already living inside the United States.

· Immigrants selected for admission should be expected to be financially self-sufficient and chosen because they are likely to succeed, thrive, and flourish in the United States.

· Assimilation is the best policy to ensure both the success of our country and the success of those who arrive in our country. We do both the country and those seeking to enter our country a disservice by failing to promote our language, our laws, and our political customs.

Call Senator Sessions and urge him to hold hearings on the UN/US State Department Refugee Admissions Program with an eye to throwing it out altogether.   

He is chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, here.   I see Senator Ted Cruz is on this subcommittee, tell him he needs to get on this issue ASAP if he wants your support in his 2016 run for the Presidency.

Posted in 2016 Presidential campaign, Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Reforms needed, Refugee Resettlement Program, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: | 6 Comments »

Let’s have a look at Ohio!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 18, 2015

On Monday I’ll be talking to a group in Ohio and so for those folks I’ve gathered some information on a state that seems to be newly targeted by Obama’s friends at Welcoming America.  I first told you about that here in July 2013, and again here yesterday.

Top resettlement cities are Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Dayton, Toledo and Akron.

Ohio numbers….

Ohio has been receiving over 2,000 refugees a year since 2012, and all told in the last ten years it received 21,230.  (See data base here.)  I was surprised to find it that high.  For comparison Delaware hardly gets any (zero in 2014) and Texas is getting over 7,000 a year.

In fiscal year 2014, Ohio received the 7th highest number of refugees in the country. 

The Obama Administration and the politically Far Left federal resettlement contractors probably recognize the electoral value of Ohio, so they want to make sure it becomes a reliably Democrat-voting state.

The states higher on the 2014 list than Ohio (2,815) in the last fiscal year are in descending order:  Texas, California, New York, Michigan, Florida and Arizona.

In the ten year analysis, the Bhutanese (6,607) saw the highest number of their ethnic group settled in Ohio followed by Somalis (5,611). Iraqis were next with 2,617.  Remember though that especially with the Somalis, Ohio likely saw the Somali number increase more rapidly as secondary migrants (resettled elsewhere in the US) went to mostly Columbus to join their fellow Somalis to establish a large Somali enclave there. The secondary migrants are not reflected in that 5,611 number.

The years with the highest number of Somalis resettled were 2005 and 2006 (Bush years!).

Most Somalis were resettled in Columbus (over 4,700 of the over 5,000) with Cleveland getting 322 directly resettled there from Africa.  But, interestingly 21 other towns and cities got Somalis, albeit in smaller numbers.

Remember the Columbus subsidized housing riot in 2012!  How would you like to see this in your home town?

The resettlement contractors and cities they are colonizing…

For new readers there are nine major federal contractors.  Five of the nine dominate Ohio.  Here is a handy list to find their contact information. (The ORR list is not just for Ohio, but for the whole country.)

US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants works in Akron, Cleveland

US Conference of Catholic Bishops works in Cleveland, Cincinatti and Dayton

Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society works in Cleveland, Columbus, and Toledo

Church World Service is in Columbus

World Relief is in Columbus

Go here for all of the posts we have written on Ohio over the years.  They had a recent terrorist arrest case there (Somali of course!).

And be sure to see my previous post on employment outcomes for refugees.  Ohio’s employment numbers are pretty abysmal!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, The Opposition, Where to find information, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 6 Comments »

Fiscal Year 2014 Refugee Employment Entered Rates: These rates stink!

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 17, 2015

Check out this map I came across today in my research.  It is at the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) website and represents the caseload of refugees getting help from federal programs to find employment in each state.  You pay for this! Now look at the employment rates!

Holy cow!  Some of these are really low.  So much for the idea that refugees quickly become self-sufficient!

If I were ORR I would be embarrassed to publish this information!

If I’m reading this correctly, why are we sending so many refugees to Texas (just as one example) when only 46% are finding employment. And there are states with even much lower rates than that. Geez, look at Florida!

fiscal_year_2014_refugee_employment_entered_rates

 

 

Go here for more info.

Kind of makes you wonder if indeed the Cloward-Piven strategy (use the poor to bring on the revolution) is alive and well under Obama!

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Refugee Resettlement Program, Refugee statistics, Taxpayer goodies, Where to find information | Tagged: | 9 Comments »

Cleveland City Councilman seeing dollar signs for city: “USS Refugee ship is coming to port. Get on.”

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 17, 2015

joe-cimperman

Councilman Joe Cimperman: Hurrah! Here come the third worlders to colonize Cleveland!

Update July 18th:  More on Ohio, here.

If you live in Cleveland or any other Rust Belt city this may be the most important article you will read this year (or for years to come).  I simply haven’t the time to analyze it all for you, but for any activists concerned with the future of your community, this reporter (Michelle Jarboe McFee) at The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer has done her homework.

You now must demand full transparency from local elected officials and if necessary figure out where and how to throw a shoe in the machinery of government!  Find out who is going to benefit financially from the re-development in this public-private partnership scheme to colonize Cleveland.

How much does Presidential candidate and Governor John Kasich know about the plan to welcome refugees to Cleveland?

If I lived in Ohio, I would also be trying to find out right now how “welcoming” Governor Kasich has been to this plan.  He surely knows about it!

Before you read “Dream neighborhood….,” please go to a story we posted exactly two years ago yesterday about how Welcoming America had come to Cleveland to get this ball rolling.

Somalis will be invited to be part of the “Dream” neighborhood!  Will they live in one big happy multicultural melting pot along side Hindu Bhutanese and Christian Ukrainians?

Changing America by changing the people! Story, sounds like a blueprint for Obama’s plan to “seed” your cities and towns with “New Americans.”

Here is how Ms. McFee begins her report at The Plain Dealer (hat tip: Julie).

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Kat Oberst Ledger and her husband, Art, recall when West 48th Street teemed with drug dealers and sounds of gunfire peppered the night. Now their street, near the intersection of Cleveland’s Stockyards and Clark-Fulton neighborhoods, is quiet at sundown. Empty houses sit, windows boarded, awaiting demolition. A hummingbird sanctuary and gardens have sprung up on vacant lots.

During the last decade, the Ledgers say, the neighborhood has improved. It also has emptied out, thanks to foreclosures, abandonment and urban decay. But the Ledgers could be welcoming new neighbors – hailing from places as far-flung as Bhutan, Somalia and Ukraine – over the next few years, if a consortium of community leaders, nonprofit groups and public officials has its way.

These newcomers, refugees fleeing danger or persecution in their home countries, need places to live. Cleveland has plenty of empty homes, many of which could be rehabbed rather than bulldozed if potential landlords knew tenants were on their way. That supply-and-demand equation is the basic premise of the Dream Neighborhood, a plan to reinvigorate a slice of the city’s West Side by appealing to refugees while improving living conditions for existing residents.

On Friday, the Cleveland City Planning Commission will get its first look at this land-use concept, during an introductory presentation at City Hall. At this point, there’s nothing that requires a public vote. There’s no mountain of government money on the table, though councilmen have pushed for more demolition spending to raze the worst eyesores in the neighborhood. But there appears to be city support, from Mayor Frank Jackson on down, for the idea of making Cleveland a more welcoming place, a haven for people forced to leave their home countries.

[….]

Cimperman wants to capture some of those new households and concentrate them near Thomas Jefferson school, chipping away at a citywide vacancy challenge that spans thousands of properties. He envisions a repopulated neighborhood where longtime residents live next door to refugees who help maintain shared gardens, find jobs in the area and start businesses on Clark and Storer avenues, two depleted commercial corridors.

“I’m telling you now,” Cimperman says, conveying his passion for the project with words that can’t be printed in a family newspaper, “the … USS Refugee ship is coming to port. Get on.”

Please read on, this is great reporting (even if you don’t like what you are hearing)!

One big problem—-so where are the jobs?

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Legal immigration and jobs, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Taxpayer goodies, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 5 Comments »

Kansas City: White population plummets; refugee program partly responsible

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 17, 2015

Yippee! We are no longer majority white in Kansas City said KC mayor speaking to La Raza.

I was traveling yesterday and had no time to post or even read much, so I missed posting this important article by Leo Hohmann at World Net Daily about how Kansas City Mayor Mark Holland bragged about how KC is being changed by changing the people (where have we heard that before!).

See the WND article hereDrudge picked it up and helped it go viral!

And be sure to see the 3,048 comments (as of this writing).

See our many posts on Kansas by clicking here.

By the way, one of the driving forces behind changing Kansas has been BIG Meat (the meatpackers) looking for cheap immigrant labor.  You will find many posts in our Kansas archive about that.

Posted in Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Who is going where | Tagged: , | 8 Comments »

Daniel Greenfield: Chattanooga shooter possibly linked to Palestinian refugees

Posted by Ann Corcoran on July 17, 2015

Update 2: Shooter traveled to Jordan in 2014, WSJ here.

Update:  If Dad is a Palestinian who left Kuwait, this family could indeed be resettled refugees or successful asylum seekers we gave shelter to. Here is what wikipedia says about the expulsion of Palestinians (Jordanian citizens) from Kuwait after the first Gulf War.   I don’t have time to dig around, but if you do, I’ll post your links here!  I have to get on to my work on “Welcoming Ohio” this morning.

Everyone I know is asking if the Islamic-motivated shooting of 4 unarmed Marines is somehow linked to our refugee program.  I don’t have the answer yet.

Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez

We don’t take very many refugees from Kuwait nor do we take very many Palestinians, but we do send many Muslim refugees to Tennessee.

If anyone sees a mention of the year the killer’s family entered the US it might help us narrow this down.  Remember there are several legal immigration programs through which this family could have been admitted to the US.

One possibility is that a family member (the father?) entered the US in some legal fashion (tourist visa?) then applied for asylum and subsequently brought the family over behind him (like the Tsarnaev Boston Bomber family did).

Everyone keep an eye out for any news about how they got into the US!

Holly Johnson

As the Director for the Tennessee Office for Refugees, Holly Johnson would be able to put the question to rest by telling us whether or not the killer’s family came to the US as refugees or possibly were granted asylum status after getting into the country through some other means.

The refugee program in Tennessee is a Wilson-Fish program which means it is run jointly by the US State Department and in this case Catholic Charities of Tennessee (Tennessee Office for Refugees)—they would both know if the Abdulazeez family came here as refugees or successful asylum seekers. 

Also, the primary resettlement contractor in Chattanooga is Bridge Refugee Services (a subcontractor of Church World Service and Episcopal Migration Ministries, two of nine major contractors).

Bridge has been operating in Chattanooga since 1982 so they would know if this family was one of theirs!

My guess is that the refugee contractors in Tennessee will not be forthcoming.

Daniel Greenfield writing at Frontpage magazine has this bit of information:

This is still preliminary as the story is developing. So take it as that.

The media is reporting that the Muslim attacker in the Chattanooga shootings is Kuwaiti. That may not be accurate, based on the current reporting, it would appear that his mother Rasmia Abdulazeez is indeed from Kuwait, but his father Youssuf Abdulazeez is from Nablus in Israel.

This is not especially significant as a lot of self-described “Palestinians” used to live in Kuwait. At least until the Kuwaitis kicked them out for collaborating with Saddam. With the approval of Bush I.

If you see more on how the family got into the US, please send it our way.

By the way, one of the first posts I ever wrote at RRW was about this agency, Bridge Refugee Services, joining the ACLU and CAIR to fight a 2003 request by the US Dept. of Homeland Security for information under the Patriot Act.  The national security agency was looking for information on resettled Iraqi refugees.  The resettlement contractor refused to cooperate.

So they are not likely to talk now!

Here is another Daniel Greenfield story on this topic.

Meanwhile Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal says Muslim immigration to America might more correctly be called “colonization.”

At Breitbart:

According to a recent report from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), approximately 2.5 million immigrants from “predominantly Muslim countries” reside inside the U.S. right now. Abdulazeez was apparently one of them. Jindal has questioned whether all the Muslims coming into the United States right now is really truly “immigration” or if it’s actually a “colonization.”

About Holly Johnson:  This is her contact information if any investigative reporters want to try to get an answer—good luck!

Holly Johnson, Director
Tennessee Office for Refugees
Office: (615) 352-9520 ext. 222
Fax: (615) 352-0701
Email: HJohnson@cctenn.org

Posted in Asylum seekers, Changing the way we live, Colonization, Community destabilization, Crimes, diversity's dark side, Muslim refugees, Refugee Resettlement Program, Resettlement cities, Stealth Jihad | Tagged: , , , , | 8 Comments »

 
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